The readies under the bed…
As announced by the club HERE A Fine Lung has this week given money we have raised over the past seven years to pay towards the goalposts at FC United’s Broadhurst Park ground. The breakdown is as follows: Main pitch posts – £1450. Practice posts (main pitch) – £650. Nine-a-side posts (astroturf pitch) – £1598. Refurbishment of grass pitch posts – £600. The remaining money, rounded up to £4,300, will be spent on nets for those posts and maybe a brew for those doing the work (JOKE ALERT).
The posts were an element of the project the board agreed was specifically fundable, in keeping with our attempts to pay for a specific thing at the new ground. One of our contributors picked up on a comment at an FC United members’ meeting that the club needed funding for the goals, so we stepped in. Admittedly, it is not ‘artistic’ in the greater sense, but the irony of our publication, which prides itself on placing the actual game of football pretty low down the list of importance in the larger culture of ‘football’ itself, was not lost on any of us.
This leaves us with £1,895 plus Whalley Range, with which we still intend to honour our longstanding promise to our contributors and readers to create something artistic and lovely at the ground. This previous statement HERE, including the links contained within, explains the history of those involved and the proposals we have tried to implement over the years (particularly the artwork detailed in issue eight). It serves as a good reminder for the forgetful, an education for the unaware and a nullification for the nefarious.
Discussions are on-going on what this artistic element will entail and several contributors and readers have made suggestions. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to voice your opinion on this. Don’t expect a reply though, because we are bit mowed mowlam collectively.
Once we are in a position to make a further announcement, we intend to put the proposal to the FC United Broadhurst Park project management committee (who have been put in place by the board), as we have been previously advised this is the correct protocol by the board member dealing with this.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed in any way. To those who have created and sold the publication, bought it at matches and to those who have bought magazines and T-shirts away from FC United via our stockists Cornerhouse, the National Football Museum, Working Class Movement Library and our online stall (home and away with Stu from the Bay).
Thanks to the club board for helping secure this agreement and the work everyone involved has done to help fund and build our home.
And most of all, thanks everyone for your spirit, patience and gentleness during what has been a long and often difficult process.